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Airplane Crash Near Tuscaloosa Kills Three Couples Returning From Medical Conference

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TUSCALOOSA, ALA – The Oxford, Miss., community is in shock and mourning after an airplane crash near Tuscaloosa, Ala., killed six members of its medical community Sunday morning. Authorities in Tuscaloosa and Northport reported that air traffic controllers received a distress call from a private airplane around 11:10. Rescue crews were prepared to assist at the runway at Tuscaloosa Regional Airport but the airplane never showed. Inside the airplane were Oxford dentist Dr. Jason Farese, presumed to be the pilot, and his wife Dr. Lea Farese, also a dentist. The couple owned Farese Family Dental in Oxford. Also on board the ... Read More

Georgia Car Wash Employee Loses Two Fingers After Hand Contacts Unguarded Fan Blades

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An Athens, Ga., car wash company faces nearly $43,000 in federal fines for multiple safety violations, some of which led an employee to suffer the accidental amputation of two fingers. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it cited Swifty Car Wash LLC for 11 safety violations, all but one of which the agency classified as serious, after a July 30 inspection of the company’s car wash location on W. Broad St. in Athens. Swifty operates five car wash facilities in Georgia and employs approximately 45 workers. OSHA’s investigation was prompted by a workplace accident that occurred May ... Read More

Improper Machine Safeguards Caused Texas Worker’s Hand Amputation, Feds Say

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Federal safety regulators hit a Dallas, Texas-area manufacturing unit of Johns Manville with nearly $50,000 in penalties for violations they found led to an employee having his whole hand amputated by an improperly guarded machine. Headquartered in Denver, Colo., Johns Manville is a unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. that manufactures residential and commercial insulation, commercial roofing, mechanical insulation, and materials for other manufacturers’ products and applications. The company’s Cleburne, Texas, plant employs approximately 400 workers. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that the Johns Manville plant in Cleburne, Texas, received citations for two repeat and three serious ... Read More

Texas Governor Severely Burned In Vacation Accident

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott is undergoing treatments at a San Antonio hospital for second- and third-degree burn injuries to his legs and feet that he received while on vacation with his family in Jackson Hole, Wyo. A statement from the Governor’s Office refrained from disclosing how the accident occurred, but said that it involved scalding water. Gov. Abbott has been wheelchair-bound since 1984 after a tree fell on him while he was jogging, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. He still has some functioning nerve receptors in that area however, and has reportedly felt some pain as they respond ... Read More

Family of Rail Worker Killed By Wayward Train Sues Amtrak

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The family of one of the rail workers killed after being struck by an Amtrak train near Chester, Penn., April 3 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Amtrak. Joe Neal Carter Jr., 61, was a performing maintenance work on a track with fellow Amtrak employee Peter Adamvich, when an Amtrak train traveling 106 mph caught the men by surprise and collided with them. Mr. Carter, an Amtrak employee for 40 years, had been working an overtime shift when the accident occurred. He and Mr. Adamvich had been cleaning the ballast with a backhoe just north of the Delaware state ... Read More

Two Worker Deaths In Two Weeks Prompt Investigation of Goodyear tire Plant

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A Goodyear tire plant in Danville, Va., announced Tuesday that it would temporarily close for a safety evaluation and investigation after a longtime worker died on the job earlier in the day. The worker’s death was the second at the plant in less than two weeks and the third death in less than eight months. Details surrounding the death of Greg Cooper, an associate at the plant for 18 years, were not disclosed except that he died during his morning shift. Less than two weeks ago, Kevin Edmonds, who worked at the same Goodyear plant for 26 years, also died on ... Read More

Largest U.S. Chicken Producer Fined For Exposing Workers To Ammonia Gas

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Federal authorities have hit the nation’s largest chicken producer with $122,500 in fines for safety violations following a dangerous release of 79 pounds of anhydrous ammonia in its Waco, Texas, plant in September 2015 that exposed workers to a high risk of serious injury and death. Although no workers were injured, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation of Greeley, Colo., and its parent company JBS S.A. of São Paulo, Brazil with two repeat and two serious violations for their failure to improve equipment, procedures, and training that would have prevented such a potentially catastrophic leak from ... Read More

Two Workers Killed By Falling 5-Ton Generator At NJ Construction Site

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A second man died last week from crushing injuries he sustained when a 10,000-pound generator that was being hoisted by a crane fell onto workers at a Hanover, N.J., construction site. The deadly accident occurred last Thursday morning, Feb. 18, while construction for a new Hanover firehouse was underway. Hanover, N.J., is about 25 miles west of New York City. The generator was being lifted by a crane when a strap securing the load broke and fell onto two workers. One of the two workers killed, a man in his 20s and the son-in-law of the crane operator, was pronounced dead at the ... Read More

Southwest Flight Veers Into Ditch During Nashville Landing, Eight Injured

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Eight people were injured when a Southwest Airlines flight veered off the runway after landing at Nashville International Airport Tuesday night. Southwest Airlines flight 31, a Boeing 737 plane, was carrying 133 passengers and five crew members from Houston, Texas, when it suddenly went off the runway around 5:20 p.m. Pictures of the airplane on the news and in social media show the aircraft lying in a ditch, its nose planted on the ground. Passengers aboard the plane told NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth that the flight went without a hitch until the final moments after landing. “It was really rough. ... Read More

Runaway Boston Commuter Train Under Investigation

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Massachusetts transportation authorities are investigating why a six-car Boston commuter train carrying about 50 passengers left its southernmost station unmanned Thursday morning, traveling north toward Boston through the next four stations without stopping. None of the passengers on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) train were injured, and authorities were able to cut power off to the electrified third rail and bring the train to a stop. Investigators so far have found two possible contributing factors and are currently focusing on operator error. According to CBS News, the conductor exited the train at the Braintree station south of Boston to ... Read More